Making A Splash: 5 Homes With Soothing Water Features

Whether classical or colorfully modern, each of these five homes—from Connecticut to California—uses a pool to turn an outdoor area into an oasis that is both eye-catching and calming.

The Sanctuary

Your Nevada escape at Lake Tahoe with panoramic desert vistas backing to stunning mountain peaks, this home offers all you could want and more of your private retreat, complete with custom billiards room, multiple family rooms, library, chef’s kitchen, gym, pool with water slide and jetted tub, steam room, wet bar, tennis court, and a 6-car garage.

Modern Mediterranean Elegance in Houston

Stately Mediterranean style pervades this 9,985-square-foot residence in Houston. Perfect for effortless day-to-day living and entertaining, it features a study, a formal dining room with a temperature-controlled wine room, a media and game room, a family room with 24-foot ceilings, a chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and six bedrooms, including two primary suites. The backyard is a lush oasis with a breezy loggia, a summer kitchen, multiple patios, fire pits, and an alluring heated pool and spa with a waterfall and whimsical colorful lighting.

Redwood Valley Villa

On 20 acres with valley and vineyard vistas and groves of olive trees, this light-filled Tuscan-inspired villa features a multi-level floor plan with three bedrooms and open, inviting living and entertaining spaces. A one-bedroom guest suite is tucked above the two-car garage. The enviable setting encourages outdoor living, and the home obliges with multiple alfresco spaces, including a stone terrace with a breathtaking view and a classical fountain.

California Meets Bali

Just blocks from the beach in the Santa Monica Canyon, this secluded 4,706-square-foot four-bedroom masterwork is replete with Balinese architectural inspiration. Limestone walls, Indonesian coral, leather, terrazzo, and abundant use of richly hued teak contribute to its unique ambience. The rooftop deck is an enviable getaway, while a mature sycamore tree stands stalwart over the home, its glorious courtyard gardens, and a dazzling outdoor water feature.

Poolside Entertainers’ Single Story

An entertainer’s dream. Single story, mountain view home built in 2016 with a pristine in-ground gas powered heated pool, indoor/outdoor surround sound, stubbed in BBQ, fully mature landscaped back yard with garden beds, covered stamped concrete and paver patio, extended driveway with side gate, and more. Over $240,000 in upgrades accompany this already meticulously maintained home. New pool pump last year, outdoor fans just installed, tool shed with dog run, Hunter Douglas blinds and plantation shutters. Truly a well thought out and rare opportunity to enjoy all the seasons right from your own private oasis.